An emotional LSU coach Les Miles says former lineman La’el Collins should be placed in the supplemental draft and that Miles has been rebuffed in attempts to contact NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.
Miles made the comments in a brief meeting Thursday before Collins signed with the Dallas Cowboys.
The coach broke his silence on the on-going saga with his former All-Southeastern Conference left tackle. He lobbied for the NFL to allow Collins to enter the supplemental draft, meant for players who did not enter the regular draft.
Miles said Collins could have gone as high as the No. 6 pick in the draft.
“What I would like to see is a guy – who’s really performed well for our team and has given us great leadership who has continued to raise his market level heading toward draft day – be given just and fair market value,” Miles said.
“Should he have been put in the supplemental draft, he’d make somewhere between $2-8 million more money,” Miles said.
The LSU coach says he has called Goodell’s office to argue this topic.
“I called him and I was told, ‘It’s damn near impossible for me to get through,'” Miles said.
Players enter the supplemental draft, set for July, because they missed the filing deadline for the main draft or because of academic or disciplinary issues that affect their college eligibility.
“It’s a guy who’s afraid to make a precedent of throwing a guy, who plummets based on a reason, to a supplemental draft,” Miles said referring to the NFL, “but why wouldn’t that be what (the supplemental draft) is for? Explain to me why that’s not perfect for this?”
Miles has spoken to Collins, who is doing “good,” the coach said. Collins requested to be allowed to enter the supplemental draft during the NFL draft last week, but the league denied him access.
Collins was a sure-fire first round NFL draft pick who went undrafted last week in an unprecedented event stemming from the shooting death of a pregnant woman. He was never a suspect in the slaying of 29-year-old Brittney Mills and her son Brenton. He met with Baton Rouge police Monday, and he was ruled out as the father of Brenton after a paternity test.
“Two lives were lost. It’s tragic,” Miles said. “One of the people who knew the mother was put in harm’s way and done so in a manner that did not reflect good judgment and long view of the issue.”
The former Redemptorist standout is now one of the hottest rookie free agents in years. He’s heard from nearly every NFL team and has met with representatives from at least three teams: the Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins and, now, Dallas Cowboys.
He most recently met with the Cowboys in Dallas.